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Augie went to NYCC this weekend and brought back a photo parade. Find out why he decided to stop fighting and learn to love the cosplay.
New York Comic Con brings crazier-then-ever marketing! Photorealism versus abstraction! French comics sell millions of copies! Face front, True Believers - it's Pipeline time!
Augie weighs the chances for success of the new She-Hulk title and dives back into the behind the scenes contentiousness on the original "X-Force" all as he plans for New York Comic Con,
Augie travels back in time to the end of Rob Liefeld's "New Mutants" run and embraces the fantasy of superhero comics over modern realism. Plus, some recent interesting lettering samples.
As "Previews" hits #300, Augie looks back at an old copy of the catalog from 1994 and finds some fun stuff:, including Miracleman, Cerebus, fun Image ads and an Archie cover sketch.
A photography-obsessed Augie sees a camera in "Danger Girl" and take a deep dive into its level of authenticity. Plus: Harley Quinn, Godwin's Law, new fonts and more!
Struck by a page of Jim Steranko's art from "Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.," Augie breaks down the legendary artist's storytelling to see what he can learn.
Augie looks at a pair of Humanoids offerings this week: The romantic dramedy "Bluesy Lucy" and the noir dark comedy, "Bad Breaks." Plus, updates on "The Smurfs" and Steve Uy's "Feather."
Is bigger better? Augie takes a close look at "The Smurfs Anthology" from Papercutz, and evaluates digest-format experiments from Image's "Savage Dragon" and Marvel's "Spellbinders."
Mike Wieringo passed away six years ago this week, and Augie remembers the artist's beloved stint on "Fantastic Four," specifically the widescreen scope of the three-issue "Fourtitude" arc.
Augie takes a look at the classic Chris Claremont/Frank Miller 'Wolverine' mini-series and realizes something about Miller's art. Also, coloring, storytelling, and planning for NYCC (already?!?)
Augie goes back a decade to Marvel's experiment with "Eden's Trail," a sideways comic from Steve Uy and Chuck Austen presented in the Marvelscope format. Plus, Uy's stronger follow-up series, "Feather."
Augie looks back at this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego from his vantage point in New Jersey to see how Hall H is changing, how the con might expand and if there were any winners to be had.
Augie begins a new series looking at the experiments Marvel took in the early 2000s. This week, he focuses on "Gus Beezer" and "Black Widow." One works much better than the other, but both are worthy experiments.
Augie declares Image PIPELINE's winner of Comic-Con International two weeks ahead of schedule, thanks to their DRM-free comics. He also analyzes Jason Howard's art on "Scatterlands" and much more!
On the celebration of this year's Image Expo, Augie caught up on his Image Comics reading stack. Today, he goes over 15 books of recent note, including a few which won't be released until next week.
This week, Augies spends some time in France - well, with the French comic series "Orbital," at least - before heading back stateside to look at how letterers present translated dialogue.
Augie pulls Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti's "Ash" out of his longbox archives and is transported back to a garish time in computer production, as well as a series that didn't quite live up to its hype.
Augie is confused by Marvel's Ultimate Comics Universe and locates the problem with the publishing program. Also, can DC repeat Marvel's lessons from their late 90s comeback?
Augie dissects a couple pages of Darwyn Cooke's "Catwoman" artwork to discover how cinematic storytelling can blend together with comic book idioms to make for great comics.
Augie casts a fresh eye on an old favorite, "Herobear and the Kid," and while the art still charms, he finds a lot of shortcomings he didn't expect in the storytelling, lettering and a few more places.
This week, Augie likes a new graphic novel about a cowgirl in a bikini wandering the old west with her surfboard. Also, a look back at Chuck Dixon's "Marvel Knights" and Rob Liefeld's storytelling in "X-Force."
This week, it's a pair of blasts from the past as Augie dives into his growing digital comics collection and comes up with Robert Kirkman's "Irredeemable Ant-Man" and the opening chapter of Marvel's "AvX."
Augie saw "Iron Man 3" and rather enjoyed himself; as a roller coaster movie, it's a fun ride. Also, some thoughts on 3D and movie trailers, the future of the franchise and more.
25 years ago, John Byrne rebooted Superman. Today, Augie reviews "Superman" #1 and looks at the generational differences in comics storytelling. Plus, how Apple is like CCI, why "Jupiter’s Legacy" is unreadable, and more.
Augie looks back on the first issue of Chris Claremont's "X-Men Forever!" Plus, how can we make comics "special" again, where is Frank Miller's "300" sequel and more!
Augie looks at the week in "Saga" news to see where the competition was, how digital comics work and who made sense of it all. And then, remember "Mayhem"? Or WizardWorld NJ?
Augie appreciates the scale of Marcos Martin's art in "The Private Eye," asks if we have too many comics or not enough and wonders if digital comics will breed a new kind of fan.
Augie hits the highlights of WonderCon 2013, checks in on Jimmie Robinson's "Five Weapons" #2, and looks back at some Image second printing predictions from December.
It was the opposite of a slow news week, so Augie covers the highlights, including DC's hiring and retention practices, Marvel's Marvelman (lack of) plans, Quantum and Woody's return and more.
Augie wonders if last week's comic site outages portend a future of DRM-free comics. Also, Sean Wang's "Runners" makes a return via Kickstarter, and the end result is even better than the first book.
Augie recaps the weekend's Marvel/ComiXology free comics meltdown with a trip down memory lane, catches up on James Stokoe's wonderful "Orc Stain" and takes a quick look at the week in comic news.
Augie dishes out career advice to comic creators, shares his plan for when he runs DC, discusses the topic of streaming conventions and purges nearly a thousand comics from his collection.
Augie looks at Warren Ellis' recently-collected "Secret Avengers" run and loves the mix of stories and artists. Plus, digital "Previews," lettering in "Saga," a Rob Liefeld TMNT/Deadpool mashup and lots more!
Terry Dodson's "Muse" finally reaches American shores from France, and Augie has an early review of this beautiful full-size book. Also, an early look at Moebius' fill-in work in the "XIII" series from Cinebook.
Augie notices an unfortunate pattern in the pages of Garth Ennis' new series, "Red Team" #1. Also, a deposition shows lawyers having a hard time dealing with comics, comics will break your heart, bounding asterisks, and more.
Pipeline goes to France, with a review of "Spirou and Fantasio In New York' and news out of the comics festival in Angoulême. How much longer do we have to wait for digital Franco-Belgian comics?
Augie looks at Alan Davis' 1991 return to "Excalibur," dubbing it the "most professional fan-fic of all time." Plus, more links about French comics, digital comics and revisiting 2012 predictions
Augie reviews "Orbital," a science-fiction series out of France, while pondering a new method of learning the French language. Plus, a tool in Manga Studio Debut 4 that changes everything.
Augie gives his eulogy to The Comics Buyer's Guide, his entry point into the world of comics journalist. And an old comic strip friend,"Baby Blues," releases a book celebrating 20 years!